"Housetop"—single-block "Log Cabin" variation

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio
c. 1965
Cotton, polyester, nylon, wool-blend
72 x 77 inches

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Two of Mary Elizabeth Kennedy’s surviving quilts are based on a similar "Log Cabin" structure. But the earlier one, from about 1935, is composed of nine blocks of concentric strips in contrasting blue-green and white, forming a sawtooth pattern. The other, from about 1965, likewise suggestive of a sawtooth, is made of just one block of strips blown up to fill the whole quilt. In both, powerful contrasts of dark and light almost completely efface the underlying structure.

Two of Mary Elizabeth Kennedy’s surviving quilts are based on a similar "Log Cabin" structure. But the earlier one, from about 1935, is composed of nine blocks of concentric strips in contrasting blue-green and white, forming a sawtooth pattern. The other, from about 1965, likewise suggestive of a sawtooth, is made of just one block of strips blown up to fill the whole quilt. In both, powerful contrasts of dark and light almost completely efface the underlying structure.